Djibouti was once just a patch of desert in the Horn of Africa. Now, global militaries are hankering for a strategic position at its junction between Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean. Locals don't always see what's so great about hosting the world's superpower enemies.
US foreign policy is changing its stance toward Ethiopia, which is increasingly being drawn closer to a Saudi-led bloc as a cold war in the Gulf region opens up, the old forces — the US, UK and France — increasingly displaced by a new generation of Middle Eastern powers, with everyone racing to gain a foothold in what is becoming one of the world’s most militarized regions.
After Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, many believed Robert Kennedy was going to carry on the reforming fight. But when he too was assassinated many lost hope for a new America. Looking back 50 years on after his death on June 6, 1968, some argue that Kennedy’s death meant America lost a liberal idealism that has never been recaptured.
Treasures looted by the British Army from Ethiopia in 1868 have all but escaped attention — until now, as museums and institutions increasingly wrestle with facing the past and doing what’s best for the precious artifacts under their custodianship while making them available to the public.
Flip Schulke’s photos of the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. highlight the emotions felt by mourners and around the nation as America came to terms with an assassin’s bullet. Fifty years on, many of those emotions continue to be felt in a divided nation questioning what sort of country it wants to be.
On Dec. 11, 1917, a group of 13 black soldiers were hanged for their part in a little-remembered and deadly race riot. They were condemned to death after a trial many called unjust. Now, relatives on both sides of that Houston riot are uniting to preserve the memory of the event and to find some justice for those executed soldiers.